Excerpt: As rare as it is for a sequel to surpass its predecessor, remaining faithful to stronger source material makes Ron Howard and Tom Hanks' second Dan Brown adaptation a far superior effort in every possible way.
Conclusion: If you've never before seen 'Angels & Demons' and don't care about featurettes and trailers, then by all means pick up this Mastered in 4K edition. (Right now, it's selling for almost the exact same price as its "standard" Blu-ray cousin and does include an Ultraviolet digital copy, which the other version does not.) Just don't delude yourself into believing you're getting a far superior video transfer.
Conclusion: Superior to The Da Vinci Code in every regard, Angels & Demons still isn't great cinema, but it does make for passable entertainment that has on its side a decent if not predictable story, a good performance from a legendary actor, and strong technical elements that accentuate the film's gorgeous locations and sets.
Excerpt: Despite some serious consideration by Movieline's blue-ribbon panel of camp aficionados, you will not find The Da Vinci Code in our deep, distinguished, and recently revived canon of Bad Movies We Love. It fell more into the less-auspicious Bad Movies We Can't Stay Awake Through, resulting in one hung jury after another. But its follow up Angels & Demons is a relative firecracker of a film, all pulp, pomp and grisly spectacle in the nerve center of the Catholic Church.
Excerpt: Tom Hanks reprises the role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. When Langdon discovers evidence of the the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood knows as the Illuminati - the most powerful underground organization in history - he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization's most despised enemy: the Catholic...
Summary: Since the film’s release, Ron Howard has found himself in a childish war of words with the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. It’s unnecessary in the extreme. The Church is worried that the extremists out there will look at the film as some presentation of fact and hurt their image. Ron Howard makes the mistake of being defensive instead of taking Dan Brown’s more intelligent stand that the film is a work of fiction.
Excerpt: When Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is in trouble, and even with the possibility of an anti-matter bomb exploding, tension is limited. The horror of a multi-million dollar movie franchise being sucked into a black hole is simply too ridiculous to consider. However, when Langdon is involved in the rescue of four Catholic Cardinals across Rome, Angels & Demons begins to build its grip.